The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.  It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

weed prevention for two years: newspaper will prevent any grass/weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after ~ 18 months. By that time, any grass/weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall.

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and is a natural weed killer. Sprinkle baking soda around all of the edges of garden areas to keep the grass and weeds from growing into flower beds. Just lightly cover the soil twice a year – spring and fall.

MUST grow some.  Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes | the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away--very functional patio plant.

Mosquito Grass

must try.Mosquito grass (a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away. In addition to being a very functional patio plant, Lemon Grass is used in cooking Asian Cuisine, adding a light lemony taste

Re-use an old tree to make a log pathway in your garden

Reuse an old tree to make a log pathway in your garden. Good use of "yard" trees and other wood that can't be milled; works much better in climates without termites. Good drainage under the log rounds will make the path last longer.

How to Make Stepping Stones – with a Cake Pan

How to Make Stepping Stones - with a Cake Pan

How to Make Stepping Stones – with a Cake Pan. You don’t need a fancy schmancy mold to make garden stepping stones; all you need is a non-stick cake pan! And you won’t even ruin the pan!

herb garden in sunken pots... keeps it nice and organized and keeps the herbs from spreading like crazy

herb garden in sunken pots. keeps it nice and organized and keeps the herbs from spreading like crazy.like the sunken pot idea for the front flower bed.

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Five things you will need if you're planting seeds for the first time

This handy little chart lets you know when to start seeds indoors as well as when to plant outdoor. Five things you will need if youre planting seeds for the first time -- GazetteXtra

25+ Clever Ideas Gardeners Won’t Want To Miss

25 clever tips and tricks for the garden Some of these are good ideas. Other ones-not so much.

These are fantastic... what a great idea for sitting around the bonfire without a place for your drink!!

Outdoor Drink Holder Tutorial

Found the drink holder tutorial! Positively Splendid {Crafts, Sewing, Recipes and Home Decor}: Outdoor Drink Holder Tutorial

Reference chart for when to plant

When to Plant Vegetables Reference Chart: Here’s a handy chart to help you determine when to plant vegetables in the garden. They’re divided into two groups: Cool-Season and Warm-Season

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